Boclair House, Bearsden, the 123 year old Grade B listed building formerly used by East Dunbartonshire Council as its educational department headquarters, has finally been sold and is set to be redeveloped as a luxury boutique hotel.
Graeme Todd, a partner in DM Hall, one of Scotland’s largest independent firms of Chartered Surveyors, who was appointed by the Council to manage the transaction, said: “It has been a long process with a great many interested parties and a range of competing proposals, but I believe, ultimately, that the Council has opted for the best possible option.”
The buyer, WPH Developments/Westpoint Homes, plans to undertake a residential development of 9 four, five and six bedroom luxury detached homes on the site to the rear of the celebrated building, while Boclair House itself is set to be converted into a boutique hotel.
Subject to final planning permission, the Manorview Hotel and Leisure Group which already operates six boutique hotels across Scotland’s central belt, has advanced plans to make it an upscale destination venue for Bearsden.
A spokesperson said: “Boclair House will be redeveloped to the highest standards and will become an iconic destination venue for East Dunbartonshire. There will be fifty new full and part-time jobs created and we believe that Boclair House Hotel will become a facility of which the local community will be very proud”.
Stephen Cullis, chairman of Westpoint Homes, said: “Our company has a development track record in East Dunbartonshire: we recently undertook a successful development at Scotus College, which is also in Bearsden.”
“We intend to ensure that the Boclair House site continues to boast its maximum possible number of trees and that traffic disruption will be kept to an absolute minimum.”